RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University men's basketball team saw a 44-18 rebounding disadvantage as the Bowie State University Bulldogs was able to outlast the Bears, 90-77 Saturday afternoon inside a packed C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium for Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) cross division play.
Although Shaw (5-9, 1-5 CIAA) shot better than their opponent with a shooting percentage of 49.1-percent (26-of-53) from the floor, BSU (9-8, 5-1 CIAA) collected 21 offensive boards in the game and netted 20 second chance points compared to the Bears who accounted for just five offensive rebounds and two second chance opportunities.
Junior Amir Hinton (Philadelphia, PA) scored a game-high 34 points on 14-of-15 from the free throw line to go along with four assists, four rebounds and two steals while senior Philip Garner (Atlanta, GA) added 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and freshman Geremy Taylor (Pompano Beach, FL) turned in 15 points and four assists.
In a very tight first half that featured five ties, BSU took a lead on a 3-pointer from Juwan Smith that led to a 12-8 spurt and a 42-38 lead for the Bulldogs at halftime. Shaw accounted for just 13 rebounds while BSU tallied 27.
Shaw remained in striking distance in the second half, cutting the deficit to six points on a 3-pointer from Taylor at the 9:03 mark but the Bulldogs used a 14-5 run to go ahead 78-63. A jumper from Garner sparked a 4-0 mini run but in the last 2:07, Bowie State outscored Shaw 12-7 to secure the win.
The Bulldogs had four players finish in double figures led by Cameron Hayes with 18 points. Rinardo Perry chipped in 16 points while both Keith Duffin, Jr. and David Belle tallied 14 points apiece. Smith contributed 11 points and Saiquan Jamison hauled in a game-high 17 rebounds and eight points.
The Bears will have a quick turnaround as they return to action Monday, Jan. 14 with a home contest against Lincoln (Pa.) for another CIAA cross division contest. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. in Spaulding.
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